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Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton

Writes sports commentary for the Washington Post

A Family Tragedy


Can an adulterer be a role model? Sure, but not a role model for husbands, or fathers, or marriage in general. Can Steve McNair still be a role model for a kid who wants to grow up to be an NFL quarterback? Yes. Are there better role models available, in all those areas? Yes.

Steve McNair wasn't required to be a role model for America. Anyone looking to the ranks of professional athletes for direction in how to live his life needs to look elsewhere. Some fine people are living that dream, but the truth is, you and I don't know any of them. If we convince ourselves that we do, and then we find out the truth, we have only ourselves to blame for the disappointment.

Steve McNair was required to be role model for his four sons. Instead, he lied to his family every time he snuck off to be with this young woman, with his actions and presumably his words. He cheated on his wife emotionally, physically, financially. He cheated both his wife and children out of the gift of his time, and the courtesy of the truth.

But only his family was victimized by his actions. His teammates, his fans, his friends, even his most rabid supporters aren't the wronged party in this situation. If the foundations of your world were rocked by news that a guy you never met cheated on his wife, you need to build some better foundations.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  July 8, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Crime , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Steve McNair can be a role model for cheating husbands who want to be shot dead by their GIRLFRIEND.

Posted by: mediaskeptic | July 9, 2009 8:24 AM

Steve McNair can be a role model for cheating husbands who end up shot dead. And not even by their wife!

Posted by: mediaskeptic | July 9, 2009 8:25 AM

I generally agree with Tracee's comments. In my opinion this guy ahould not be considered a roll model under any circumstances. He cheated lied and broke a most sacred his wife...presumably his closest realtionship. If he would do that I don't think it's a stretch at all to question what else or who else he would cheat or lie to...his teammates, his fans his team owner, the government?????Why not those arent as close a relationship as his wife....he screwed her...why not less close relationships

Posted by: ctredskin | July 9, 2009 8:45 AM

Tracee, you said it better than I ever could.

Posted by: ship871 | July 9, 2009 12:26 PM

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